Rochester area advocates have the support of thousands as they demand gun control as about 5,000 people peacefully turned out according to the Rochester Police department for Saturdays gun control rally and march in downtown Rochester.
Rochester area advocates have the support of thousands as they demand gun control as about 5,000 people turned out according to the Rochester Police department for Saturdays gun control rally and march in downtown Rochester.
The protest came as demonstrators also gathered in Washington.
This event is the result of local students banding together, organizing this massive response to lend their voice to the millions of students marching across the country Saturday and their message was clear from those in attendance.
Speaker after speaker shared personal stories of how gun violence has impacted their lives, taking loved ones from them and calling for change.
Students pled for officials to put student lives over money.
The people packing the park holding signs and encouraging each other to sign up to vote and to exercise that right, many of the students are years away from even being able to legally vote, but felt it was important to be a part of this movement.
"We are not hesitant to use our right to vote you out!", said Dylan Holcomb, one of the event's main organizers in Rochester.
Rochester's Mayor, Lovely Warren, attended the event.
"It will be the young people of 2018 to put an end to senseless gun violence in the United States of America," she said, "It will be you!"
The march wrapped around city blocks, stretching from one bridge to another, led by chants calling for gun reform and saying enough is enough.
The march shut down area roads, lasting for nearly an hour following the rally.
Police say this rally and march all wrapped up peacefully with no incidents or arrests to report.